Categorized: About Celiac Disease

How common are severe complications from the biopsies? My 8 year old son had a pretty severe complication when he did his biopsy and I haven’t been able to find anything that even comes close to the kind of reaction he had. Also, if a person has a bad complication does that make them exempt from having future biopsies?

Severe complications from duodenal biopsies in children are a rare occurrence, around 1 case every 3,000 procedures. The 3 most common are: aspiration (of fluid into the lungs), bleeding (a duodenal collection of blood) and perforation. If they occur, a prompt admission in a pediatric intensive care unit is warranted. The risk in repeating biopsies… Read more »

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If three things come together to cause celiac disease—over-responsive immune system, genetic predisposition and individual environment—what is meant by individual environment?

“Individual environment” means the combination of factors that combine to create the ideal conditions for celiac disease to develop: modalities of delivery (C-section vs. natural birth), type of bacteria that inhabits one’s gut, early and excessive use of antibiotics, episodes of infections suffered, traumas and possibly other factors yet to be identified.

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Can menopause trigger celiac disease?

It’s possible that menopause can trigger celiac disease. The disease often activates due to an infection or other stress to the immune system while gluten is present in the digestive system.

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What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. The small intestine is connected to the stomach—the first parts of the small intestine, the duodenum and the jejunum, are where celiac disease is commonly found. When a person who has celiac disease consumes gluten, a protein found in… Read more »

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What is refractory sprue?

Refractory sprue is the term used when persistently damaged villi in the small intestine are not repaired after the gluten free diet has been successfully initiated and/or maintained, and other potential causes for the damage have been ruled out.

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